International Pathway

  • England Women u202016
  • Bristol Ladies2017
  • England Women2017

Profile

If your uncle is Fiji captain Akapusi Qera, then there is a good chance that you will have a solid grounding from which to build a rugby career and that is exactly what Lagi Tuima has done.

With her dad Rusiate and her three brothers also playing rugby, Fiji-born Lagi was surrounded by the game from a young age but it was not until she joined Devonport Services at the age of 16 that she first began to play.

After a stint with Plymouth Albion Ladies she was signed by Bristol Ladies for the 2017/18 Tyrrells Premier 15s season and after only two months of top flight rugby.

She was called up to the England squad and made her debut as replacement against Canada and a few days later, at the age of 19, she made her first international start at Twickenham Stadium as the Red Roses completed a series whitewash.

Lagi's first experience of the Women's Six Nations came in 2018 when she came off the bench against Wales and her first international try followed in the 43-8 victory over Scotland.

The outside centre, who can also play at full back, is playing from Bristol while studying an degree at Exeter University in Exercise and Sport Science.

She describes herself as 'competitive, dopey and laidback' and credits England U20s coach Jo Yapp, who is also her head coach at university, with helping develop her understanding of the game.

International Record

5 points – 1T 

2017 C(R), C 2018 W(R), S, I

Last updated: 19 March 2018

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